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Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

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Video: Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

It seems that the photos that often get the most attention are those that have the most intense colors. If you want to control the intensity or the saturation of colors in your photos, then try applying a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. Hue/Saturation is one of those adjustments that you can apply in an adjustment layer or as a direct adjustment from the Enhance menu. I suggest you do it as an adjustment layer so that your changes remain editable and don't directly impact the photo layers.

Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

It seems that the photos that often get the most attention are those that have the most intense colors. If you want to control the intensity or the saturation of colors in your photos, then try applying a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. Hue/Saturation is one of those adjustments that you can apply in an adjustment layer or as a direct adjustment from the Enhance menu. I suggest you do it as an adjustment layer so that your changes remain editable and don't directly impact the photo layers.

This photograph by photographer John Lorenz was taken on a rainy cloudy day and these umbrellas were pretty faded by the sun so the colors look desaturated. In other words, it looks like there's some gray in the colors. I can change that with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. To add that adjustment layer, I'll go to the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel and I'll choose Hue/Saturation. That adds the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer here in the layers panel.

Down here in the Adjustments panel, I now have controls for varying the Hue, the Saturation, and the Lightness of colors. These are three different properties of color in Photoshop Elements. Hue means the actual color, Saturation refers to the amount of gray in the color, a desaturated color has more gray, a saturated color has less gray and appears more intense and the lightness of the color is that darkness or brightness of a color.

The slider that I use the most here is the Saturation slider. If I want to saturate all the colors in the image, not only the umbrellas, but also the tables and chairs and the trees, I'll go to the Saturation slider and I'll drag it over to the right and all of the colors get more intense. If I were to drag this slider all the way to the left, all of the colors would become more gray. If I take it all the way to the left, all of the color is taken out of the image and it becomes a black-and-white. But I don't suggest that you convert a color image to black-and-white this way, because all of the colors are being desaturated to the same extent.

I'm going to pump up the saturation beyond its default of 0, just about like that. Now, let's take a look at these other sliders. If I want darker shades of these colors, I can go to the Lightness slider and drag that to the left. If I want lighter shades, I can drag to the right. I am going to darken these colors just a bit from the default of 02 to -10 and then there is a Hue slider. If I drag the Hue slider, all the colors in the image will shift.

If I want to know how the colors are shifting I can take a look at the bars at the bottom of the Adjustments panel. Let's take red for example. This red in the top bar represents the image as it was a moment ago. If I go directly down from that red to the bar below I can see that this shade of red is now a yellowish orange and over here this shade of green is now an aqua. So the entire spectrum of color is shifting over. I don't actually use the Hue slider very much, because it does tend to give me these unreal looking results and I prefer realistic looking photos.

So I am going to take this slider back to 0. The changes that I just made affected all the colors in the image, but sometimes I just want to change the saturation or the lightness of a particular color. Let's say the blue umbrellas in this photo. So, I'll go up to this menu labeled Master and from here I can choose any of these colors. I am going to choose Blues and then I'm going to drag the Saturation slider to the right and that will make the blue umbrellas more saturated without affecting the colors of the other umbrellas.

The bars at the bottom of the adjustments panel are now telling me exactly which blue shades are being affected. The blue shades that correspond to the middle part of this bar are directly affected and then there is a falloff in the shades of blue and purple and magenta over here that correspond to the darker areas of this bar and on the other side to the blues and aqua shades. I can expand the range of colors affected by that change by pulling on the sliders like this and like this.

I can also use these eyedroppers to target the colors that will be affected by my change. So if I select this eyedropper and I move into the image and I click on one of the green chairs. The bars down here changed to include green, they wrap all the way around to the other side and the increased saturation is now also affecting the green chairs. You'll notice that doing that created a new custom category in this menu which is a variation on the Cyans category and has been automatically named Cyans too.

So, that's how to use the Hue/Saturation and Lightness sliders here in the Hue/Saturation dialog box to tweak the color in your images. There is one more feature here I'd like to show you and that is the Colorize check box. If I click this check box, Elements applies a monotone color scheme to the image and I can adjust that color scheme. For example, I could move the Hue slider and change this from a kind of sepia tone to a blue toned image or a violet toned image.

I can also adjust the saturation of this monotone look as well as the lightness. So, there's a lot that I can do to the colors in a photo from here in the Hue/Saturation dialog box. So, give this adjustment a try if you want to tweak the Hue, the Saturation or the Brightness of color in your images.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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